Dispute resolution

Disputes are undesirable in any business sector, but even with careful planning they cannot always be avoided. At Fenwick Elliott, our reputation stems from our innovative approach to avoiding and resolving disputes satisfactorily without the need to begin formal proceedings. We act decisively to achieve the best possible results for our clients whatever the size or nature of the dispute.

If formal action cannot be avoided, the benefits of our experienced, partner-led arbitration and litigation teams will come to the fore. Recognised as formidable litigators, we have represented clients in some of the largest and most complex cases in the UK and worldwide.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We are firm advocates of, and have been instrumental in promoting, all forms of ADR within the construction and energy industries. Used in the right place, commercial mediation can help to resolve differences quickly and cost-effectively. Our experience, whether as mediator or party representative involved in a multi party, multi million-pound negotiation means that we can provide our clients with a sound risk management strategy to resolve their disputes.

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Fenwick Elliott is an acknowledged leader in the field of adjudication. We have been instrumental in shaping UK adjudication policy – a particularly fast-changing area of the law. Many of our partners are accredited adjudicators and serve on several industry panels.

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UK litigation & domestic arbitration

Whether your dispute falls under domestic arbitration rules, such as CIMAR, or calls for resolution through the courts, our experience is second to none. We have conducted some of the most detailed and significant claims to be heard in the Technology and Construction Court in recent years. Our knowledge of the court rules and procedures, be they pre-action or in the courts of appeal means that you can be confident that we will act decisively to protect your best interests.

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International arbitration

At Fenwick Elliott, we have a number of specialist partners dedicated to international arbitration who regularly deal with cases involving major construction, infrastructure and energy projects all over the world, often with significant sums of money and tight deadlines at stake. We are familiar with the rules of many institutions including the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

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Our expertise also covers FIDIC and other dispute board procedures for resolving contractual differences around the world.

Any dispute..., whether conducted as adjudication, arbitration or full litigation, would be in safe hands … with this team of proficient construction and engineering lawyers.
Chambers and Partners UK